The Devil Wears Prada Posts New Video
The Devil Wears Prada’s new video for the song “Danger: Wildman” is up now on myspace.com/music and myspace.com/metal. The video was directed by Spence Nicholson (Hollywood Undead, Taylor Hicks) and was filmed right before the band embarked on their current spot on the mainstage of Warped Tour this summer. The song is from the band’s new album “With Roots Above And Branches Below” (Ferret Music) which debuted in May at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 with over 32,000 sold first week. Since then the band have surpassed 75,000 mark and have graced the cover of Outburn, AMP Magazine, HM Magazine as well as vocalist Mike Hranica featured on the cover of Alternative Press’s “Warped Tour 15th Anniversary” issue. The band will be on Warped until Aug 23rd and have recently announced a full European Tour in October and November including a stint with Enter Shikari.
For more info & tour dates, go here:
myspace.com/tdwp

War Of Ages News
After the success of being a part of last year’s “Persistence” European tour, War Of Ages are headed back overseas for the month of September to be a part of the annual “Hell On Earth” tour. Also on the tour are Earth Crisis, Sworn Enemy, Nearera, Waking The Cadaver, Thy Will Be Done, and War From A Harlots Mouth.
Tour Dates:
8/28 – As, Belgium
8/29 – Koln. Germany
8/30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
8/31 – Hannover, Germany
9/1 – Stuttgart, Germany
9/2 – Solothurn, Switzerland
9/3 – Bologna, Italy
9/4 – Munchen, Germany
9/5 – Furstenfeld, Austria
9/6 – Prag, Czech Republic
9/7 – Kosice, Slovakia
9/8 – Krakow, Poland
9/9 – Frankfurt, Germany
9/10 – Flensburg, Germany
9/11 – Hamburg, Germany
9/12 – Jena – F-Haus (Germany
9/14 – Lindau, Germany
9/15 – Paris – Le Gibus (France
9/16 – Schweinfurt, Germany
9/17 – Magdeburg, Germany
9/18 – Berlin, Germany
9/19 – Dresden, Germany
9/20 – Eindhoven, Netherlands
9/21 – Plymouth, Great Britain
9/22 – Bristol, Great Britain
9/23 – Birmingham, Great Britain
9/24 – London, Great Britain
9/26 – Munster, Germany
9/27 – Saarbrucken, Germany
For information on War Of Ages, visit:
myspace.com/warofages

Farewell To Fashion Is Back
Farewell to Fashion, who’s been under the radar since 2005 is back together and working on a new album. They’ve spent the spring reworking and polishing up some older unfinished tunes, as well as penning a lot of new ones, and playing some select dates across the southeast in-between studio sessions. In August, they’ll be doing more dates with friends from Iceland, Nogl, and then plan to head across the Atlantic in October to return the favor. Look for the new record late 2009.
For more information on Farewell To Fashion, check out:
farewelltofashion.net

Manic Drive News
As one of Canada’s most popular Christian bands, Manic Drive earned a record seven GMA Canada Covenant Award nominations this year, taking home two awards for Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year. Their hit single “Blue” is the first single from the upcoming album, and the accompanying music video has climbed to #2 on Gospel Music Channel’s rock video chart. You can check out more information about this band here.

Kekal Offers Audible Minority For Free
Kekal has announced that you can now download their album, Audible Minority for free:
Hello! We are pleased to let you know that our 2008 album “Audible Minority” is now available in 256 kbps mp3 on 10 songs, all Free to Download!
The URL is: gimmesound.com/KEKAL or just visit our main download site: kekal.org/download. The songs are already ID3 tagged properly, if you have a Last.fm account and familiar with the use, please have the songs scrobbled to their server as you are listening to, so that the album will gain more number of listeners tagged. Many of you still wonder if “Audible Minority” will ever be available on CD. Well, I have to tell you that we already give up the chances that it will ever be released by the same label who was supposed to release it 7 months ago. It is an embarrassing experience for us, but we made mistakes, and having ourselves dealing with an unreliable and unprofessional record label played a big part of those mistakes. But Kekal is stronger than whoever wants to stop us from moving forward or play things on us. Mistakes make us stronger and at the end of the day we will stand elegantly. We are currently looking for another record label (a more professional and much better one) for a possible release of “Audible Minority” on CD format later, but it would take time and energy. In the meantime, please accept our apology and enjoy the free 256 kbps mp3 of 10 songs. Talk with us directly on Facebook! Our Facebook page has been set-up for discussions and you can easily ask anything about us on the Wall, and we the band will answer any of them the best we can. facebook.com/pages/KEKAL/8716024541. Don’t forget to recommend KEKAL to your friends on Facebook!
Thanks,
KEKAL

Oh Sleeper Posts New Song
Oh Sleeper have premiered the title song from their forthcoming album on their myspace page. Son Of The Morning to be released on August 25th is the follow up to the band’s 2007 debut When I Am God (Solid State Records) which scanned over 25,000 copies in the U.S. The new album is a epic concept work, centered around nothing less than the final battle between the devil and God. The band has wrapped up a busy summer on the Scream The Prayer Tour with Haste The Day and The Chariot among others. On the horizon is a full U.S. Tour with Every Time I Die and Bring Me The Horizon.

Hawk Nelson Releases New Album In September
Recorded in Nashville, TN, Hawk Nelson enlisted producer Steve Wilson to craft what was to become a 12-song set that sweeps from the manic to the mellow and all points in between. Live Life Loud was recorded in two separate sessions, due to a hectic touring schedule, and marks the first time the band wrote songs together by just jamming as a band. The album also features collaborations with Chris Stevens, Matthew Gerrard, TobyMac, Trevor McNevan and Bart Millard. This fourth studio album release from the band hits fans’ hands on September 22nd. The first two singles “Live Life Loud” and “Meaning of Life” are currently available on iTunes. Also make sure you pick up your pair of TOMS Shoes to help the band get their goal for their Haiti shoe drop. For every pair of shoes purchased via Hawk Nelson’s website equals a pair of shoes that TOMS donates to a child in Haiti towards the band’s ongoing involvement with the Hands & Feet Orphanage. Check out the YouTube video.
Track Listing:
1) Live Life Loud
2) Never Enough
3) Eggshells
4) Meaning Of Life
5) Alive
6) Ode To Lord Stanley
7) Long Ago
8) The Job
9) Shaken
10) Lest We Forget
11) Tis So Sweet
12) The Final Toast

My Epic News
My Epic (Dreamt Music) will be touring with So Long Forgotten (Come & Live) for a few weeks at the end of August and into September. Check out the dates below and make sure to check out this show if it comes to a city near you.
Tour Dates:
Aug 21 – Wilmington, NC
Aug 23 – High Point, NC
Aug 25 – East Ridge, TN
Aug 27 – Northport, AL
Aug 28 – Jacksonville, FL
Aug 29 – Brandon, FL
Aug 31 – Orlando, FL
Sept 1 – Douglasville, GA
Sept 4 – Lynchburg, VA
Sept 5 – Burlington, NC
For more information on My Epic, visit:
myspace.com/myepic

Headbangers Ball To Air 10 For $10 Hardcore Episode
Headbangers Ball (MTV2) will broadcast a special episode from the 10 For $10 Tour this Saturday, August 8th. The episode will have segments taped with such bands as Poison The Well, Madball, Terror, Death Before Dishonor, War of Ages, Trapped Under Ice and The Ghost Inside. The tour, sponsored by IndieMerchstore.com, ChannelZero, Pitchfork Hardwear, Bridge Nine, Century Media Records, Facedown Records, Peta2 and more is a return to the hardcore matinee featuring ten hardcore stars and up and coming buzz bands for ten bucks. The footage for the episode was shot on the opening day of tour, July 9th, in Philadelphia and directed by Doug Spangenberg (among his credits is Lamb Of God’s Killadelphia DVD). In addition to the interview segments and live footage, the 10 For $10 bands took over the playlist and will not only feature their own videos but some of their favorite classic videos from Headbangers past.
For more information on the 10 for $10 tour, visit:
myspace.com/10for10tour

Want Your Band To Be On The Saw 6 Soundtrack?
“SAW 6” Soundtrack is seeking song submissions for the album to be released October 20th. This soundtrack will be released by Twisted Pictures/Trustkill simultaneously with the new movie and will feature movie cues. We are seeking unreleased or exclusive songs that fit the feel of the “SAW” movie brand franchise. Final track masters deadline is August 28th. Email all ideas to: info@trustkill.com

Impending Doom Tour News
Impending Doom will be on tour from 9/17 – 10/18 with August Burns Red and the Acacia Strain.
Tour Dates:
9/17 – Denver, CO
9/18 – Salt Lake City, UT
9/19 – Boise, ID
9/20 – Portland, OR
9/21 – Seattle, WA
9/23 – Orangevale, CA
9/25 – Rio Rancho, NM
9/26 – Lubbock, TX
9/27 – San Antonio, TX
9/28 – McAllen, TX
9/30 – New Orleans, LA
10/1 – Birmingham, AL
10/2 – Nashville, TN
10/3 – Atlanta, GA
10/4 – St. Petersburg, FL
10/5 – Jacksonville, FL
10/7 – Charlotte, NC
10/8 – Charleston, SC
10/9 – Richmond, VA
10/10 – Allentown, PA
10/11 – Columbus, OH
10/12 – Toronto, ON
10/13 – Montreal QC
10/14 – Rochester, NY
10/15 – Albany, NY
10/16 – Worcester, MA
10/17 – Syracuse, NY
10/18 – New York, NY
For more information on this tour and others, go here:
facedownrecords.com/tours.html

Avalon Is Reborn
While Avalon is certainly proud of their past (21 chart-topping singles, 6 Dove Awards, 3 Grammy nominations and an American Music Award), it sure would be easy for the quartet to rest on their laurels and continue to offer their known slick brand of vocal pop. But they are now Reborn, their aptly titled brand new project, slated for release on September 15th (E1 Music). It is important to note that the similarity between any previous Avalon albums and Reborn ends now, thanks to this cutting edge and unequivocally original record. “Reborn is a fitting title because it signifies the birth of something new and exciting, which is certainly true of the current season of Avalon,” explains Janna Long, the group’s founding member. Comprising the rest of the quartet is Greg Long (Janna’s husband and group member since ’03), Jeremi Richardson, as well as its newest member, Amy Richardson, making her Avalon debut on Reborn, and who also happens to be Jeremi’s wife. “I’ve literally listened to Avalon for as long as I can remember, so I can tell you both as a member and a fan that people’s jaws are going to hit the ground when they hear Reborn,” asserts Jeremi, who joined the group in 2007. “Everyone I’ve played it for so far says they’d never expect it, but at the same time, they can totally tell it’s Avalon, which to us is the ultimate compliment.” One of the most instantly apparent changes comes in the credits, which for the very first time in the group’s illustrious history unites the group with producer Ian Eskelin (All Star United, Krystal Meyers, Stellar Kart, Francesca Battistelli). It’s a curious choice indeed considering his respected rankings in the modern rock spectrum, but one that helps cement Avalon’s latest endeavor as arguably their most ambitious to date. “This has been one of the most unique and fun recording projects I have ever been involved in,” Ian Eskelin exclaims. “These guys are fearless and their vocals are killer. They are some of the hardest working, ready for anything, talented musicians I have worked with.” A tour is slated for the Fall to promote the new project. This is sure to be an exciting time on the road for Avalon as the group is more than ready to share their new songs with fans across the country. For the creation of Reborn, Avalon partnered with the label E1 Music. Along with the new venture came a completely open creative canvas where the group was encouraged to stretch itself further than ever before. Previously known as Koch Records, E1 Music has hosted the diverse likes of The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, Ashley Cleveland, Twila Paris, and Bishop E. Long. “They took all the reigns off and basically said, ‘you’ve been doing this for awhile, so just do what you do,'” recalls Greg of the E1 experience. “No one was ever looking over our shoulders talking to us about core demographics, which gave us the chance to just focus on the artistic side. We love our history and are grateful for everything God’s given us, but that type of freedom also allowed us the opportunity to experiment and have a lot of fun in the process.” Reborn offers aggressive melodies tied with atypical harmonies and guitar-driven moments. The new sound is sure to give dedicated Avalon fans a new twist on the group’s well-known formula, while expanding its appeal to a wider audience than ever before. “Over the last three years, we released a hymns record, a covers record and a retrospective record, plus had some members change,” Janna reflects. “Between that and the fact that life was just happening right alongside it all, there’s a pivotal change and evolution. Sure, the vocal standpoint is consistent with the Avalon sound, but the rest is much more varied. This is definitely not your Mom’s Avalon record!” Doug Van Pelt wonders “Does this mean the band is following in the footsteps of Living Sacrifice and Stryper (who both had career-changing albums of sorts called Reborn)?”

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